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Weekly Flylady Thread 2nd July 2018

edited 5 July 2018 at 11:22PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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Natty68Natty68 Forumite
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edited 5 July 2018 at 11:22PM in Old Style MoneySaving

What is FLYLADY? Well, it's our version of the US flylady idea - but we work on the principle that housework is not fun, it's boring, can be time-consuming, is often thankless but, unfortunately, necessary. It's here on Old Style to provide the support we all need and to make the whole task easier and quicker. We also accept that, sometimes, life just gets on top of us and we can't keep up, maybe because we're time-poor, not in the best of health and/or we have littlies who need us. We are definitely NOT control freaks aiming for perfection and utterly spotless show-homes.

Welcome to the weekly Flylady Thread. You're more than welcome to join us in the everlasting battle against dust, grime and gibble. The aim of our thread is to make those onerous tasks less daunting, and to support each other - and to make time for the finer things in life!

Please do remember we have to abide by MSE rules; each post should, ideally, include some mention of flying.

Thank you Valli for last week's thread

Please follow the forum rules on this thread as Flylady has been here a LONG time and is a fabulous support and resource for lots of us. All posts should have some Flylady-related (ooh a compound adjective) content!

The idea is that even if you are really busy you don't need to fall off the wagon!

Every room comes back around next week so please don’t stress about catching up

These lists are only suggestions and not a must do list; you are more than welcome to post and follow your own lists.

Also adding a declutter mission each day will help to gradually clear the clutter and make flying easier.

A few of the basics before we start the week

Hotspots are areas where if one thing gets put there, loads of other things follow!

Daily routines are anything you need to do on a daily basis like washing, swish and swipe kitchen and bathroom, ironing, making beds, vacuuming high traffic areas, making meals etc.

Night-time routines are all things which make getting ready in the morning easier, preparing clothes for the next day, making lunches, swish & swipes of the kitchen and tidying the living room before you go to bed plus personals like shower/brush teeth etc.

Fling Boogie - stick on some loud music, grab a bin bag and whiz around the house finding items that can go out with the rubbish, recycling, for charity shop, basically anything that will stop it cluttering your home.

Swish and swipe/S&S means have a quick wipe over an area such as a sink or toilet to prevent the build up of dirt. This is usually done on a daily basis

HHE/HHC/HHI Half Hour exercise/challenge/ironing ... run around for 30 minutes to the Benny Hill music frantically cleaning exercising or ironing.. other music may be used if you prefer!
WM ~ Washing machine
TD ~ Tumble dryer
SC ~ Slowcooker
BM ~ Breadmaker
DW ~ Dishwasher
SOAADFA ~ Sit on 'bottom' and do 'nothing'
KH/XH/FW ~ Ex-husband and other not so polite versions
DH/DD/DS/DW/DP ~ Dear husband/daughter/son/wife/partner/whatever
OH/SO ~ Other half/significant other
NN ~ nice neighbour
Toxic (friend/mother/sister/whoever) ~ person in your life that seems to exist to make your life miserable
AF ~ Aunt Flo 'time of the month'.. nothing to do with flying but it comes up often.
ETA ~ Edited to add
Gibble ~ miscellaneous crap that appears forever homeless
Dot-to-dot ~ pick a small area (not a whole room) like a chair/coffee/table/shelf/worktop or wherever- thats your first 'dot' - totally clear it - clean it - and only put back what should be there - deal with what you have removed (not just move it somewhere else) then if you have time move on and do the same to another 'dot' -the idea is just like a dot to dot puzzle, you aim to join up all the dots and have a tidy room. The trick is to keep each dot tidy until you get them all joined up! All credit to AnW's Mum for this one
RoD ~ Room of Doom, the one room that feels like it is a permanent pit and cannot be used to its potential!
MAD half hour- Mad is the abbreviation for Make A Difference.
The idea is that you have a Forth bridge (ie never-ending - or just huge) task but that you work on it in half-hour bursts. This way you know you ARE stooping, and that you won't get it finished but you will make a difference - so it might be clearing out - the garage or shed, or clothes sorting, or weeding - you get the picture - but rather than keep going until you've lost the will to live you do half an hour...but, eventually those half hours will get the job done!

Mr S/A/T/M/L/Al - supermarkets Sainsburys, Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, Aldi. You get the picture!!

Click here to read Toots wonderful welcome guide

Ok here goes this week!

Mysterious Monday ~ Bathroom, Hall, Stairs and Study/PC Area

Level One...

Open windows to let in air
Wash and replace towels/flannels/bath mats with clean ones
Clean cobwebs
Level Two..
Clean bath/shower/sink and toilet - Don't forget to give those taps an extra shine!
Throw away any empty bottles
Straighten computer desk
Delete 50 emails - do you really need that sale email from Dotty P's?
Level Three...
Wash/vacuum floor
Clean window
Clean the windowsills
Clean medicine cabinet - throw away out of date medicines.
Put away any stray items in the hall and stairs - do you really need all that stuff cluttering up the stairs and hall/landing!!!
  • Wipe skirting boards up the stairs
  • Check supplies of paper/printer cartridges/stamps and envelopes
  • Throw away any pens that don't work
  • Clean fingerprints off light switches and doors.

Twinkling Tuesday ~ Master bedroom and Landing
Level One..

Fling open windows to let air in especially as it's been hot and the room will be stuffy.
Clean Cobwebs
Check firealarms are working, change battery if necessary.
Remove and wash bed linen and duvet covers
Level Two..
Vacuum & turn mattress before replacing with fresh linen..
Clean under the bed
Polish furniture
Level Three...
Straighten/sort through make up
Throw away any empty/out of date bottles
Clean glass and mirrors - make them twinkle :D
15 minutes floordrobe clearance
Clear a hotspot ~ or spend 15 minutes clearing one.
Add a personal touch - flowers in a vase on a dresser, pretty bowl etc..
  • 36 fling boogie, go on grab a bag and clear that clutter
  • HHI
  • Clean windows in these rooms
  • Clean light switch of hand prints or smudges
  • Clean main light and any lampshades
  • Clear the top of a bedside cupboard/chest of drawers or shelf

Wacky Wednesday ~ Those frightening kids rooms and spare rooms
Level One..

Open windows to air room
Clean cobwebs
Clear away anything that isn't in it's place, clothes, toys, books etc
Straighten toy shelves
Level Two..
Polish furniture
Vacuum the floor
Dusting.. all those shelves and flat fluffy surfaces!! Don’t forget the light shade and curtain pole!!!
Strip beds, turn and vacuum mattresses!! and replace with fresh linen .. check if duvets need freshening up too!! Wash the curtains!
Level Three...
Sort out outgrown clothes and give to charity/neighbours/younger children.
Put away stray items
Clean fingerprints off light switches/doors/walls
Clean under the bed - I know it's scary but it does have to be done. You could even delegate to a little pink if you don't fancy doing it yourself.
  • Clean windows
  • Clean/scrub bath toys
  • Wipe the radiators, skirtings and window & door frames!
  • HHI
  • Rearrange videos/games/books

Tantalising Thursday ~ Dining Room and Entance/Porch
Level One..

Open windows and let air in
Clean cobwebs
Dust windowsills and front door
Throw away any newspapers/magazines that aren't needed.
Level Two..
Put plants in shower & give them a good rinse. Remember to put them back before everyone has a shower in the morning - it might be a bit unnerving having to shower with a plant!!!
Clean and dust shiny things/mirror and glass
Clean lightswitches of hand prints or smudges
Level Three...
Move furniture, if safe to do so, and hoover underdeath
Clean and straighten any drawer
Add a personal touch to the table - pretty tablecloth, vase of summer flowers!!
Clean TV, other electricals and cabinets
Clean under sofa/chair cushions - lets see if you can find any money or even anything that you have lost recently :D
Wipe down light fixtures - make those bulbs shine at night!
  • Refill bird feeders
  • Throw away any dead plants
  • HHI
  • Binbag dance - Get a binbag... fill it and bin it!!
  • Wash any cushions, throws etc that need it..

Flying Friday ~ Kitchen
Level One..

Open windows, let the air and blow those cobwebs away..
Wash knick-knacks/canisters
Mop/brush floor
Level Two..
Clean sink and draining board
Clean microwave inside and out
Empty fridge, clean shelves and doors and move any nearly out of date stuff to front to use up next.
Empty and clean rubbish bin
Level Three...
Clean under sink - throw away any manky looking bottles/rags etc..
Straighten drawers/cupboards
Clean fan/vent/hood filters
Clean pet dishes
Clean cupboard door fronts and fronts of appliances .. don't forget those kick boards..(only a few at a time!)
  • Check the smoke alarm - when was the last time you replaced the battery?
  • Clean the hob
  • Wipe down any tiles and shine those taps - make them twinkle!!
  • 29 fling boogie - GO!!
  • Buy yourself some flowers from the shop.. your reward for making the kitchen shine!

:(Struggling financially :(

:) Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17 :)


  • Natty68Natty68 Forumite
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    Flylady 2018 Challenges - GO FLYERS GO

    SCRIMPERS (no spend JULY)

    atypical blonde
    Honey Bear

    [b[SLINKIES - weight loss challenge[/b]

    Lynnejk - 9lb
    Narcolepsy *some*
    Valli 2st/28lb
    Dizzy Imp 2st/28lb
    FurryBeastOz 2st/28lb
    nannygladys 3st/42lb
    Fayolle 2st/28lb
    atypicalblonde 2st/28lb
    Princess Money Penny
    Lil_me 5st/70lb
    LameWolf 2st/28lb
    Roundtuit 56lb
    Jazee 2st/28lb
    Pigpen *some*
    MrsMoneypenny 1st at least
    Froddington 2st
    Dancemum 3st
    Mademoiselle about 2 st
    Ionafan 1st 11lb
    donnajt 3 st
    Mrs Chaos 16lb
    Faete 2st
    Natty 1st 7Ib {6lb lost}
    Kazwookie 2st tbc
    Honey Bear 5 kgs


    donnjt - £1k for hols

    H2H (hovel to haven)

    Mrs Moneypenny
    donnajt - by Summer
    Mrs Chaos

    :(Struggling financially :(

    :) Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17 :)
  • ValliValli Forumite
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    i am in. Thankyou Natty for this week and to me for last week *giggle*


    Don't put it DOWN; put it AWAY
    "I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness" Emily Dickinson
    :heart:Janice 1964-2016:heart:

    Thank you Honey Bear
  • wishingthemortgaheawaywishingthemortgaheaway Forumite
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    Thank you to the thread wizards, you are a grand bunch.

    Tomorrow is MOST DEFINITELY a big cellar sort out. Hubby is going on job on Tuesday and needs to get a load of equipment out of that particular hell hole. If I don't sort out, hubby will throw things round and break much stuff.

    Do not allow me to do anything else until the cellar has been tamed.....
    Outstanding mortgage: £23,181 (December 19)
    MFW 2020 Challenge Member #10 0/£2318
  • pigpenpigpen Forumite
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    Thanks lovelies..

    We are in.. I'm flapping madly and achieving very little this week.. many chats with social services and the police ahead.. drs, ortho, opticians and goodness knows what else...
    LB moment 10/06 Debt Free date 6/6/14
    Hope to be debt free until the day I die
    Mortgage-free Wannabee (05/08/30)
    6/6/14 £72,454.65 (5.65% int.)
    06/06/2020 £47457.61 (2.41% int.)
  • Jojo_the_TightfistedJojo_the_Tightfisted Forumite
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    Brief recommendation for anybody who has the space in their shower.

    Stick a chair in there.

    It's very relaxing (and it meant I wasn't likely to fall over due to still being achy).

    Himself decided to give it a go after he set it up for me. He's still in there now.

    I might have to go and check he hasn't fallen asleep.
    I could dream to wide extremes, I could do or die: I could yawn and be withdrawn and watch the world go by.
    colinw wrote: »
    Yup you are officially Rock n Roll :D
  • wishingthemortgaheawaywishingthemortgaheaway Forumite
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    A shower chair would be a disaster for me, I love the feel of the shower on me the gentle massage feeling you get from the drops of water. Love it. I'd never leave.
    Outstanding mortgage: £23,181 (December 19)
    MFW 2020 Challenge Member #10 0/£2318
  • atypicalblondeatypicalblonde Forumite
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    Good Morning lovelies,

    I am in, thank you for the lists :)

    WM has almost finished so will peg that our shortly. DW has been unloaded, I have chased a non-payer for DH :mad: and made a loose plan for the day in my head. All of our bills for the month have been paid today which is always a relief! Just one more credit card to pay off then we will be "up straight" - wonder how long that will last?!

    Better get on as loads to achieve before school run, huge hugs all round esp to Piggers. I am also thinking of you YL, please let us know once a decision has been made, we are all rooting for you xx
    MFW :)
    [STRIKE]Mortgage 8.2.15 - [/STRIKE][STRIKE]£171,064.64[/STRIKE] Mortgage 1.5.2018 - £99,980.45
    Aiming to be MF 1.10.2020
  • MademoiselleMademoiselle Forumite
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    I'm in this week, but slowly as it is very hot here, around 30°C. Enjoying the sunshine but it is difficult to sleep as house gets very hot by the evening but shutting shutters during the day does help.

    How did it get to July already, but that means it's nearly holiday time, yipee, but also that I need to get going on the house as Step mum here in 2 weeks so need to have somewhere for her to stay that is clean and tidy. Panic!

    Time to shower and wizz through the bathroom

    See you lateer
  • Dizzy_ImpDizzy_Imp Forumite
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    Yoo hoo ladies!

    I'm in this week, in a feeble, fluttering fashion. Very hot here, but Tiny has a preschool trip to the Ice Cream Farm today, so yippee!!!!!

    *Flits off to faff x
  • FurryBeastOzFurryBeastOz Forumite
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    Eighth Anniversary Combo Breaker
    :wave:Hellooooo. I’m back. (Stop the groans at the back!):D

    Reporting in from sunny Truro. The move was chaotic, and what was initially a six month stay before returning to Glasgow has now become a permanent and ‘until retirement’ relocation as DH was offered a Consultant post at the Royal Cornwall.

    For the first time in 20 years I can plan more than six months in advance:j:j:D:D:j:j (Can you tell I’m excited?:rotfl:)

    However, this brings its own issues. We are in a much smaller rented property and I have no cleaner:eek: Flylady support definitely required.

    I’ve also got to get Glasgow on the market. It’s AirBnB’d until the end of August, but will need some plastering/decorating done before it’s fit to sell. So I see a lot of Flybe - Newquay/Birmingham/Glasgow flights in the near future.

    I have been reading along. Piggers I have no words. I know you don’t do (((hugs))) but give Moomin one for me.

    Ionafan well done on all your essay writing. You have far more discipline than me.

    Narc0lepsy so glad you are enjoying ParkRun. I have yet to manage the one locally.

    LameWolf I’m glad you are getting lots of furry visitors. I’m thinking of signing up to Borrow my Dog as I am feeling very deprived.

    Sorry for the essay and for those I have missed. I will start Ionafan ‘s habit of keeping a notepad handy from tomorrow.

    Right off to deal with the study. HHC coming up.
    Goals - Weight loss 6/26lb at 22nd Jan 18
    Mmmm. 26lb at 1/7/18. Oops:o
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